Gerald Vizenor, UNM Distinguished Professor of American Studies, is the author of Shrouds of White Earth, published this month by SUNY Press.
Shrouds is a pointed, absorbing novel about an indigenous artist's long journey of creativity and coming-of-awareness from White Earth Reservation to Paris.
Dogroy Beaulieu, who reveals his marvelous story to a native writer, is a painter by nature, an intuitive visionary artist. He creates shrouds of sacrificed and crucified animals and birds, the faint traces of natural motion on linen, at his studio on the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. The very sight of the shrouds torments the traditional fascists on the reservation, and the faint traces of native totems haunt the patrons of galleries and curators of museums.
"I create traces of totemic creatures, paint visionary characters in magical flight, native scenes in the bright colors of survivance," Dogroy declares. His artistic sentiments and shamanic tribute to the shrouds, however, do not protect him from his envious enemies on the reservation. Dogroy is banished by casino politicians, in flagrant violation of the new Constitution of the White Earth Nation for his artistic tease, his baroque mockery and his ironic portrayals. This unforgettable journey of discovery and creativity ranks as one of the finest stories from the pen of the irresistibly witty and insightful Gerald Vizenor.
"The inventor of invention rides again. In this book, the master trickster takes on the disciplines of visual art, narrative, and song in his ongoing campaign against victimry, to set natives upright and to insure the truth of native survival. Gerald Vizenor is the healer of irony with his focus on the native paradigm. What a pleasure to ride into Vizenorland, where colors spread and horses fly. Vizenor is my chosen composer of words." — Diane Glancy, author The Reason for Crows
Vizenors books include Interior Landscapes, Second Edition: Autobiographical Myths and Metaphors; Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence; Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance; Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57; and Survivance: Narratives of Native Presence.
Vizenor taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for more than 20 years, and joined the UNM Department of American Studies in 2005.
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